Heaven and Earth
Patrick N Brown
Portia La Touche
Julia San Ramon
Through Jan 5, 2020
Especially appropriate to this season of thankfulness and joy, the works in this exhibit are about hope, beauty, potential and spirituality. The couplet written in Chinese calligraphy on Portia La Touche’s piece, Heaven and Earth, translates roughly “Open your heart to (all the good in) heaven and earth.” I invite you to tear yourself away from the endless assault of the news cycle long enough to do just that this holiday season. The bad news will still be there; but take a break from it to refresh your soul – as I guarantee these works of art will do. Enjoy!
Deborah M Willams
The paintings in this exhibit are from three series completed over the past few years. Circle of Koi the largest of the works is from the Lumen Series and incorporates heavy texture and luminous paint. At this time I was experimenting with the principles of dynamic symmetry pulled from nature that connects us all. The Tree Dream series was done after moving to the California coast from Nashville, Tennessee and being enamored with my new surroundings and the golden light. They are fantasy landscapes using a totally new variety of flora that is so different from the south. The final series Stones From the River are actually inspired from walks on the beach and the round beach stones as they are pushed and pulled by the waves. The images are similar to the stones found along the fast running rivers of my childhood where I spent many hours fly fishing.
I am trying to develop an infinite mystical order out of either expressionistic or atmospheric chaos.
In the midst of a void I am creating a space in which to give dignity to my own dream, mankind’s dream, to find a dignity that might include all living things.
My inspiration comes from Japanese and Chinese works of art, from the endless wonders in Nature, and from the spontaneity of dancing with the brush. The push and pull between traditional Asian brush painting and western-style watercolors creates a positive tension that challenges me to continually try new methods and explore different techniques, blurring the lines between east and west.
I love the immediacy of working in ink and water media on paper. The brush strokes express my thoughts instantly. To create beauty through art is my fundamental intention. I challenge myself – and my audience – to think more broadly and critically about what is beauty, what is art, and why we like what we do.
When I paint, I throw caution to the wind, letting it out, expressing from the inside, deliberate, yet free… arbitrary, yet intentional. Moving paint around, mixing colors, trying new ideas thrills me and I cannot not paint.
My work is about the process. The image often comes secondary to the actual art making. I tend to work a lot in the abstract world of shape and color, line and form, painting intuitively, one brush stroke leading to the next. I find that there is a poetic spirituality in the process.
Figures or landscapes may appear. Lines cross the canvas, words pop up out of nowhere. What happens next can be surprising and exciting. There is a definite chaos through which each work evolves. What is left behind may be visible or not, but I always know it is there. Creating, destructing, recreating….
Figuring it out, as in life.
I always hope the take-away is a joyful experience. That the viewer can see and relate to an experience, whatever that experience may be for him or her. And also see that there is a process of decision making, again, as we do in life.